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Basalt welcomes first Habitat for Humanity home

Mar 10, 2015

Assaf Dory and his family at a groundbreaking celebration in Basalt. Construction starts in May on their new Habitat for Humanity home.
Credit Marci Krivonen

Basalt broke ground on its first Habitat for Humanity home Tuesday. A family of six will move into the house that’s near downtown. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.

Jacque Whitsitt: "I want to welcome everybody to our first-ever Habitat for Humanity home in the Town of Basalt!"

Basalt mayor Jacque Whitsitt spoke to a crowd at the future home site Tuesday. The Town sold the plot to Habitat for Humanity for ten dollars. A 1500 square foot home will be built here. Assaf Dory and his family will occupy the space.

"We really are blessed and it’s a humbling experience," he says.

Dory is on crutches. He lost his leg while serving as a deputy sheriff in Florida. Four years ago he moved his family to the Roaring Fork Valley. A friend kept encouraging him to look into applying for a Habitat home.

"He really cajoled me into it. He told me it’s a hand up instead of a hand out and the whole community supports it. I don’t know what winning a lottery feels like, but I think it’s something like this!"

Construction starts in May.